I picked up the famous classic 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. To tell you frankly, I did not expect a lot, because I never thought that this book would have much to offer. Now, I feel like a fool; the dialogues of the books are very realistic and practical. I am particularly enjoying the conversations of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. As all the married couples know very well, and unmarried people are aware due to their observations of married people, there is a never-ending argumentative style and witty comments in the way a husband and a wife talk to each other. Jane has captured that essence in her book. Generally, wives tend to give updates about every detail about their surrounding to their husbands, whether the husband wishes to know or not. And this is what Mrs. Bennet does in the beginning of the chapter.1, itself. She starts telling Mr. Bennet about the fact that Netherfield has been rented, finally. On observing that her husband is not showing any interest to her piece of information, she asks whether he wants to listen to her information or not; the response of Mr. Bennet matches to the answer any typical husband gives:
You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.Just reading his response, I understood that I am going to love this book. The way Mr. Bennet teases his wife, flatters her, and plays his innocent games with her, are fantastic and very genuine. I have seen my own dad surprising my mom, the way Mr. Bennet does with Mrs. Bennet.
The author introduces their five children, gradually and beautifully. So far, I know that Jane is the most beautiful one among her five sisters, and Elizabeth is the wittiest and the most expressive. Mary reads a lot of books. About Lydia and Kitty, however, I have not gathered a lot; I remember that the author mentions in a character's dialogue that Lydia is the youngest, but the tallest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet; and I remember the mention of Kitty only in one place where Mrs. Bennet is angry with Mr. Bennet and scolds Kitty for coughing.
Mr. Bingley's character is of a well groomed, sensible, and handsome man; whereas, Mr. Darcy —a friend of Mr. Bingley — is a little arrogant. The rise of young love in the hearts of Jane and Mr. Bingley is described with the best selection of words.
So far, I am enjoying the hatred of Elizabeth towards Mr. Darcy and his attempts to get to know her better.
See you soon with more chapters of Pride and Prejudice!